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    Isaac Newton Barr. The Barr family has been identified with the agricultural interests of Miami county Since 1836, and since 1873 a worthy representative of this family, Isaac Newton Barr, has been a resident of his present farm in Bethel township. Mr. Barr is not only a successful farmer, but also a well-known contracting carpenter, and is considered one of the substantial and successful men of his community. He was born in Greene county, Ohio, February 24, 1854, a son of John and Margaret (Vanhook) Barr. John Barr was born in Pennsylvania, and was still a young man when he came to Ohio, making the entire journey on foot and walking behind a truck which made the overland trip. John Barr was a lifelong farmer, a vocation which he followed principally in Greene county and was a man of worth and substance who had the respect and esteem of the people of his community. His death occurred in 19I7. Of the twelve children born to John and Margaret Barr, eleven are living. Isaac Newton Barr was educated in the public schools of Greene county and was nineteen years of age when he came to Miami county and settled on his present property. As a lad he had applied himself to learning the carpenter trade, and this, with farming, has been his vocation. His home property consists of eighty-four acres, in a good state of cultivation and with substantial buildings of Mr. Barr's own erection. As a carpenter, Mr. Barr's good workmanship and fidelity to engagements have gained him an enviable reputation and he has completed contracts all over the county, where the structures which he has built stand as monuments to his mastery of his trade and the sound character of his work. Mr. Barr has been a good citizen and has fulfilled his duties with public spirit and faithfulness, particularly during the war period when his support was liberal. Several of the family served in the United States Army during the war, including Mr. Barr's nephews, David Barr, the son of Joseph Barr, of Phoneton, Ohio, who was overseas in the capacity of instructor in telegraphy and wigwagging subjects, and Owen and John Barr, the sons of Henry Barr. Mr. Barr married on April 4, 1884, Mary Livensburger, of Dayton, who was born and raised in Columbus. She died February 19, 1887, and now his sister, Patience Barr, keeps house for him. She was born in Greene county, Ohio, in 1852, and is an amiable and pleasant lady.  obit

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